A crow perched on a spiky tree growing out of the tower of a derelict brick industrial building near Dalmarnock in Glasgow Scotland. Most of this building has collapsed, seemingly due to a fire, and only the tower and a single wall remains standing. This is on the edge of the area that is being redeveloped for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and other urban regeneration projects, where many other abandoned industrial sites have already been cleared.
The top of the tower is covered in grass and wild flowers but the tree appears to be dead – appropriately reflecting the state of its host structure. The presence of the crow, symbolised as a harbinger of death, adds further to the concept. Just as nature has cycles of death, decay and renewal – so too does the man-made environment and the forms of our cities. The effects of plant roots and water seepage, as well as weathering, would eventually cause the tower to crumble and collapse unless it is demolished first.